In the past three months, there has been a drop in the number of active internet users in Nigeria. In the period between September and December of 2016, about 1.7 million Nigerians have stopped using the internet.
In figures published by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), there has been a steady decline across the top four Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The downward spiral began in October, 2016 when 93.1 million active subscribers were registered in the database as against the 93.5 million in September, 2016.
By November and December respectively, 92.4 and 91.8 million were the active subscribers. Averaging 0.57 million user loss per month. The data pool indicates that majority of the losses were from mobile internet users as compared to the other options available.
These numbers are quite disturbing and some analyst posit that the government, network service providers and stakeholders in the industry should do more to encourage continued embrace of the internet. With access to the internet being attributed for some of the growth certain sectors have experienced in the country and the world over, there is the fear of being left behind.
So much so that, considering the economic situation, there has been some calls for subsidization.